Executive Recruitment

About Us

We are the UK’s largest local authority, with a workforce in excess of 30,000 people, including maintained schools, serving a population of 1.4 million. We have various offices in central locations and a large number of service establishments throughout Kent; our corporate office is based in Maidstone.

More than two thirds of our workforce provide services directly to the public – such as domiciliary Care Workers, Classroom Assistants, Social Workers, Teachers, and Occupational Therapists etc.

Our annual budget covers a huge range of services.  This translates into a host of interesting roles and career paths awaiting those who want to work in a leading edge public sector organisation.

Aims and Objectives

Our focus is on improving lives by ensuring that every pound spent in Kent is delivering better outcomes for Kent’s residents, communities and businesses. As long as those outcomes are supported by the right services, at the right quality and right cost, they could be delivered by KCC, the public, private or voluntary and community sector. This shift towards a strategic commissioning approach is set out within our Strategic Statement “Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes”.

In becoming an outcome focused organisation the way we work within KCC, and with our partners and providers, is changing. Our approach is to:

  • Promote personal and family responsibility;
  • Focus on prevention and supporting independent living;
  • Maximise social value from the services we commission;
  • Commission and design services with our partners;
  • Maximise the value of the Kent tax pound;
  • Be business orientated and entrepreneurial; 
  • Be a strong voice for Kent nationally and internationally;
  • Recognise that no one size fits all.

Political Arrangements

The County Council has 84 electoral divisions and elections take place every four years.

The political composition of the County Council is as follows:


67 members

Liberal Democrat

6 members


5 members


1 member

Independent Groups

2 members


The Leader of Kent County Council is Paul Carter.

There is a Cabinet of Executive Members which meets regularly to debate policy issues and make key decisions. The cabinet comprises of:

Paul Carter CBE

Leader and Cabinet Member for Traded Services & Health Reform

Peter Oakford

Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Strategic Commissioning & Public Health

John Simmonds MBE

Cabinet Member for Finance

Mike Whiting

Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport & Waste

Eric Hotson

Cabinet Member for Corporate & Democratic Services

Mark Dance

Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Graham Gibbens

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care

Roger Gough

Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Education

Mike Hill OBE

Cabinet Member for Community & Regulatory Services

Susan Carey

Cabinet Member for Customers, Communications & Performance


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